Va. Trash Agency Fined for Pollution Violations

September 20, 2010

A southeast Virginia trash agency has agreed to pay a $60,000 fine to settle pollution violations at a power plant on the Elizabeth River.

"The Virginian-Pilot" reports that about $45,000 of the penalty will go to a local environmental group to help pay for development of a nature park near the trash-burning plant in Portsmouth.

The settlement between the state Department of Environmental Quality and the Southeast Public Service Authority involves carbon monoxide emissions from the plant dating to 2005.

The authority sold the plant in April to Wheelabrator Technologies, which has pledged a $20 million upgrade.

John Brandt with the DEQ says the upgrade is expected to be completed by June 2012.

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